This is a bursary for students that fit a set criteria. It will always be conditional on your attendance at college. Payments will be stopped if your attendance goes below 90% the previous week.

Whilst we recognise that students face financial pressures, the funding you are applying for is not a right and Buckinghamshire College Group has a duty to make sure the funds are awarded fairly and to the students most in need.

The funding available to the college is to help you with the cost of studying and comes from a government body called ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) and is public money.

What happens next?

Once the form has been submitted, it can take up to three weeks to process.

During this time the Safeguarding Officer will talk to the relevant people and discuss what is reasonably needed to complete your course. We ask you not to contact us as we are processing many applications.

Once the application has been assessed, the student will be informed by email of any funds that have been awarded. Additionally, if the student is to receive Free College Meals they will be notified at this time.


  • If you are in care or a care leaver - The Local Authority will provide you with a letter confirming this. Alternatively we can accept an email from you Social Worker.
  • If you are receiving Income Support or Universal Credit, Please provide a copy of the letter from the department of Work and Pensions (DWP) confirming this.
  • If you are you in receipt of Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Please provide a letter from the department of Work and Pensions (DWP) confirming this.

Please provide photocopies of documents as originals will not be returned or photocopied on your behalf.

NOTE: Benefits must be paid to you directly not to your parents/carers.

How to apply

Please fill in your application form carefully.

  • Make sure the bank details are valid, correct and clearly written so payments are not delayed.
  • The student MUST supply a valid email address as correspondence concerning payments will be via email.
  • The student must read, tick and sign the declaration – the declaration includes permission for us to talk to the parents, carer’s or guardians about the students financial payments. If this is not ticked we will be unable to discuss the students’ finance.
  • Gather your evidence – Assessments for the Vulnerable 16-19 Bursary will be based on different evidence depending on your circumstance.

Please download the application form here.  If you have any queries please do contact Student Services - you will find details on our Contact Us Page

Once you have collected all your evidence and the application form is complete, send in your application to the address shown on the form or email it and all your evidence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You must:

  • be at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August of the applicable year
  • study at a publicly funded school or college, or be on an unpaid training course
  • meet the residency requirements - your school or college can check this

Vulnerable student bursary

You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • you’re in or recently left local authority care
  • you’re disabled and you get Income Support in your name
  • you’re disabled and you get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name
  • you’re disabled and you get Universal Credit in your name in place of Income Support or ESA

You may get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.

You’ll usually get less than the full amount, or no bursary, if one of the following apply:

  • your course is shorter than 30 weeks
  • you study part time
  • you have few expenses


In general most course related payments will be sent directly to the relevant departments. However, occasionally students may be paid directly, so where appropriate; course costs will be transferred to your department or the assigned bank account.

Where appropriate travel costs will be regularly transferred to the assigned bank account.

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